How To Make Your iPhone or Android as Secure as Possible

Whether you are an Android user or an iPhone user, ensuring the security of your phone is extremely important. New operating system versions are frequently released and their security settings are becoming more advanced, so we present a check list for the latest security updates for Android and the iPhone below. We’ve also added a tip at the end that will allow your phone to help you in a crisis.

iPhone users

1.) Turn off the ‘Simple password’
If you have the latest iPhones, a 6 digit password should be default. There is an option to go back to a 4 digit passcode (in ‘Passcode Options’ in Settings), which may seem more convenient, but typing in 2 more digits could potentially save you and your data.

2.) Two-step authentication
In your settings, you can enable two-step authentication for your iPhone. Click ‘iCloud’ > Apple ID > Password and Security > Turn on Two Factor Authentication. This gives you a ‘double lock’. You can ask your phone to send you a 4 digit code to your number to gain access to services such as iCloud and Apple ID.

3.) Say goodbye to Siri
Siri is useful for information, but Siri does not need your voice for it to work. Anyone can potentially use your Siri and gain access to contacts or other data on your phone. Click General > Siri > toggle the switch the OFF.

4.) Turn off Auto-fill
Auto-fill is where your phone has saved your card details. If you are purchasing something using your browser, with one click your phone can enter in your card details. You would not want a hacker to be able to do this. Go to Settings > Safari > Auto Fill > Disable Names and Passwords & Credit Cards.

5.) Turn off automatic Wi-Fi connections
iPhones now connect to Wi-Fi automatically. Read our blog post about public Wi-Fi to find out why this is not always a great idea. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Turn on ‘Ask to Join Networks’.

Android users

1.) If the app is not from the Google Play store, don’t download it
This is self-explanatory, but using other app stores may open the flood gates to viruses and infections. You can check a box in settings that disables downloading unofficial apps.

2.) Download an anti-virus app
Companies such as Norton have their own Android anti-malware app. They are usually free, so we recommend to take advantage of this.

3.) Pattern locks
A lot of Android have lock screens that require making a pattern with lines and dots to gain access. Make sure the pattern is not too easy where someone who is shoulder surfing you could easily copy it. Shoulder surfing is someone who looks over your shoulder to look at your phone.

4.) Plan B
Similar to the way that iPhones have Find My Phone, Androids have Plan B that is connected to your Gmail. If you lose your phone, Plan B will automatically send the location of it to your email address.

We trust our phones with all of our personal data. These tips only take a few minutes to implement, are free and could save you from embarrassment, identity theft and financial loss.

Lastly, here is a tip with the iPhone iOS11 that sends your location to your next of kin which could save your life: if you’re in a crisis and need emergency services, press the lock button five times rapidly and it will contact your local emergency responders, sending a text message with your current location. If your location changes your contacts will get an update automatically. For more information follow this link to Apple.

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